2011 to 2017 Saw Drop in Youth Use of Any Tobacco Products

Electronic cigarettes most commonly used tobacco product among high, middle school students in 2017.
Electronic cigarettes most commonly used tobacco product among high, middle school students in 2017.

HealthDay News — From 2011 to 2017 there were decreases in current use of any tobacco products among high and middle school students, according to research published in the June 8 issue of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Teresa W. Wang, PhD, from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed data from the 2011 to 2017 National Youth Tobacco Surveys to examine patterns of current use of seven tobacco product types among U.S. middle and high school students, and estimate nationwide use. 

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The researchers found that from 2011 to 2017 there was a decrease in current use of any tobacco product among high school students, from 24.2 to 19.6%, and from 7.5 to 5.6% among middle school students. The most commonly used tobacco product was electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) among high school and middle school students (11.7 and 3.3%, respectively), in 2017. Decreases in current use of hookah and pipe tobacco occurred in high school students in 2016 to 2017, while decreases were reported in the current use of any tobacco product, e-cigarettes, and hookah among middle school students. From 2016 to 2017 there was no change in current use of any combustible tobacco product, 3 or more products, cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and bidis.

"Comprehensive and sustained strategies can help prevent and reduce the use of all forms of tobacco products among US youths," the authors write.

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